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Tom Lee Park mediation concludes
Tom Lee Park mediation concludes
Posted on 12/05/2019
As you may recall, earlier this year, I asked the Memphis River Parks Partnership (MRPP) and Memphis in May (MiM) to enter mediation to resolve their differences on how we improve Tom Lee Park. After months of hard work, the mediation between MiM and MRPP has concluded! 

I’m pleased to say that this was a successful process, and I would like to thank both MiM and MRPP for their diligence as we worked to find a mutually beneficial solution. We now have a clear direction not just for the designers of the park, but also a process for review and approval by the City of Memphis and the Army Corps of Engineers before any construction can begin.  

A few key take-aways:

1. Memphis in May will be held in Tom Lee Park in 2020. In 2021, it will be held at an alternate site to accommodate construction in the park. The festival will return to the park in 2022 and will be at home there for years to come.

2. Riverside Drive will remain a four-lane street. We will incorporate speed-limiting designs in the final product, because we want the street to enable better access to the park.

3. In addition to providing new amenities for citizens, the proposed renovations to Tom Lee Park will improve the infrastructure for Memphis in May.

4. No City money from our general fund or capital improvement budget will be used — meaning that not a cent of this will impact service delivery like Police and Fire. The City is routing $10 million in sales taxes in the Tourism Development Zone (TDZ) that would otherwise have gone to the State of Tennessee. The remaining money for the park would come from Shelby County, the State of Tennessee, and private sources.

My vision is, and always has been, to craft a better Riverfront for all Memphians—one in which our citizens and the thousands of tourists who come to our city can get the full benefit of the park the other 11 months of the year. That includes an improved Tom Lee Park and a better-than-ever Memphis in May. With this compromise, I believe we’ve accomplished that.

-Mayor Jim Strickland

Agreement Regarding Tom Lee Park Design
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